HAWAII-MISTAKEN MISSILE ALERT
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he and his team took so long to post a message to social media about the recent missile alert being a false alarm because he didn’t know his Twitter username and password. The governor told reporters yesterday that he now has them in his cellphone. And he says he can now use social media without waiting for his staff. The governor was asked why his Twitter account relayed a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweet about the false alarm at 8:24 a.m. on Jan. 13 even though Ige learned about the mistake 15 minutes earlier at 8:09 a.m. Ige’s communications staff members manage his social media accounts, as is the case with many politicians.
CHAMELEON BEARD BANDIT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying a multi-state bank robbery suspect investigators have nicknamed “The Chameleon Beard Bandit.” They think he’s committed six robberies since September, hitting banks in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas. The FBI in Richmond said the man wears glasses and frequently changes the color of his beard. He’s described as a white man, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2, approximately 180 to 240 pounds, in his mid- to late-30s, with brown eyes and hair, and a light complexion.
LEBANON GARBAGE CRISIS
ZOUQ MOSBEH, Lebanon (AP)— Lebanon’s festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a minutes’ drive north of the capital, Beirut. The scenes were a national embarrassment for a country that once prided itself on its sparkling Mediterranean coastline but appears unable to wean itself off the convenience of throwing its trash into the sea. Few issues have driven a wedge between the Lebanese and their leaders like garbage — the most conspicuous of the government’s many failings to provide basic services to its constituents. Demonstrators rallied under the banner “You Stink” — a reference not only to the stench accompanying the summer heat, but to the corruption and favoritism that has defined politics and paralyzed administrative services in the country.
ROSIE THE RIVETER DIES
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A woman identified by a scholar as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic female World War II factory worker, has died in Washington state. The New York Times reports that Naomi Parker Fraley died Saturday in Longview. She was 96. Multiple women have been identified over the years as possible models for Rosie, but a Seton Hall University professor in 2016 focused on Fraley as the true inspiration. James J. Kimble published his findings in the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs, saying a photo of Fraley at work was the basis for a widely seen poster of a woman flexing with the caption, “We can do it!” Fraley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she went to work at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, among the first women to do war work there
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school. A Senate panel voted yesterday for a bill that would let students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types of violence to move to a different public school or receive a private school voucher. The legislation is a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Democrats on the Senate Education Committee voted against the bill. Several said they were concerned about expanding the use of private school vouchers in the state. But Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican and sponsor of the bill, said the legislation was meant to help students who now feel they are trapped.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Wyoming woman who claimed she shoplifted from Walmart as part of her research for a college term paper on kleptomania has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony shoplifting. Lydia Marie Cormaney also pleaded guilty Jan. 3 in District Court to two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend she serve suspended three- to six-year sentences on the felonies with three years of supervised probation and suspended 180-day jail sentences on the misdemeanors with six months of probation, all concurrent. The Gillette News Record reports that she also must pay restitution on all the counts.